XPS investigation on Upilex-S polyimide ablated by pulse TEA CO2 laser

D. W. Zeng, Kam Chuen Yung

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Laser ablation of Upilex-S polyimide films 80 μm thick was performed in air using a pulse TEA CO2laser with wavelength 9.3 μm. A halo surrounding the hole was observed, which is covered with sub-micro particles. Pieces of ablation products protrude from the ablated surface, leading to considerable roughness of the ablated area. Chemical and structural changes of Upilex-S polyimide film surface irradiated by the pulse TEA CO2laser in air were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Relative C content in the ablated area was found to be higher, whilst both O and N contents were lower than in the untreated area. This means that TEA CO2laser ablation released both the O and N atoms. Also, the peak areas corresponding with carbonyl group (C=O) in the imide system were reduced much more and a new component at 287.0 eV assigned to the amide structure (N-C=O) was detected after laser ablation. These suggest that the pyrolysis of the Upilex-S polyimide was the decomposition of the imide ring between the nitrogen/aromatic carbon atom and carbonyl carbon atom. In addition, another new component arising from >C=O groups was also detected for higher fluence (7.83 J/cm2), and its peak areas is very small. This result indicates that the slight oxidation may take place with higher fluence during laser ablation in air. Based on above-mentioned experimental results, a possible thermally-induced decomposition path of Upilex-S polyimide ablated by TEA CO2laser is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-285
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2001


  • Pulse TEA CO laser ablation 2
  • Upilex-S polyimide
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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